Outlook and outcome – February 2005 to April 2005
Rainfall was below average in the north of the country, as forecast. The west of the South Island was drier than expected, and it was wetter than predicted in the southeast of the South Island.
Average to below average temperatures were expected. While average temperatures were widespread, conditions over much of the country were warmer than usual.
Streamflows were expected to be below normal in the north and east. The outcome was below normal flows in the north and southwest of the North Island, and below normal to normal flows in other locations, except for the southwest of the South Island where they tended to above normal.